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Gerald and Betty Ford

Gerald and Betty Ford
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David Hume Kennerly, born 1947
Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr., 14 Jul 1913 - 26 Dec 2006
Elizabeth "Betty" Ford, 8 Apr 1918 - 8 Jul 2011
Chromogenic print
Sight: 24.2 x 19.1cm (9 1/2 x 7 1/2")
Mat: 55.9 x 40.6cm (22 x 16")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
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© David Hume Kennerly
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The original Constitution contains no stipulation for replacing a vice president, and in the case of the "Removal, Death, Resignation or Inability, both of the President and Vice President," Congress determined the order of succession. The Twenty-Fifth Amendment (1967) declared that if there were no vice president, the president would nominate, and a majority vote by both houses of Congress would confirm, a new vice president.
Gerald Ford had been a friend and supporter of Richard Nixon since the two had entered Congress, and they were both members of the Chowder and Marching Club, a conservative strategy group. Nixon had first offered Ford the vice presidential spot in 1968. After Spiro Agnew resigned, Nixon nominated Ford, who was confirmed by the House, 387-35, and the Senate, 92-3. Ford was sworn in as the fortieth vice president of the United States on December 6, 1973.
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